This book is the first of a projected series of five which aims to analyse the process of momentous and long-term change which came with the Islamization of the regions which the Arabs called
al-Hind, that is India and large parts of its Indianized hinterland. The series is set up in a chronological order, starting with the early expansion of the caliphate in the seventh and eight centuries and ending with the beginnings of European colonization. In this millennium of Islamic expansion five successive stages are distinguished, taking into account the world-historical context.
Each stage will be covered by a separate volume. The present volumes covers the period of the seventh to eleventh centuries, the early medieval period in which the Islamic Middle East acquires economic supremacy while establishing new links between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.
Subsequent volumes will cover the periods of the eleventh to thirteenth centuries (volume 2), the fourteenth to fifteenth centuries (3), the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries (4), and the eighteenth century (5).
André Wink, Ph.D., Leiden (1984) is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of
Land and Sovereignty in India (1986) and
Al-Hind: The Making of the Indo-Islamic World, Volume I, Early Medieval India and the Expansion of Islam 7th-11th centuries (1990), as well as numerous articles.
Wink's innovative approach is extremely valuable for its successful integration of the history of India into a wider political, economic, and cultural context, thereby challenging the parochialism that has been the hallmark of Indian studies until recent times...The range of sources used by Wink is most impressive.' F. Ahmad,
Choice, 1991. '
...gut dokumentiert und mit einem ausgezeichneten Literaturverzeichnis versehen.' Burchard Brentjes,
Deutsche Literaturzeitung, 1992. '
...donne des pays bordant le nord de l'océan Indien une image nouvelle et dynamique.' Monique Kervran,
Bulletin critique des annales islamologiques, 8. '
Neither Islamicist nor Indologist can ignore this pivotal study.' Catherine Asher,
MESA Bulletin, 1991. '
Wink has resolved and closed many historical gaps in Asian history...' Peter Burns,
Australian Library Review, 1992. '
...the book fills a gap in the history of North-Western and Peninsular India...' Mohammad Saber Khan,
Muslim World, 1992. '
Ambitiously conceived, meticulously researched, and densely written, al-Hind promises to be a classic on the Islamic encounter with the lands bordering the Indian Ocean...' Richard M. Eaton,
The Journal of Asian Studies, 1994. '
...a fascinating and convincing new approach to the question...It can broaden the mind and the horizon of the so-called specialists who are too specialized to realize the global, or in this case the Eurasian historical and economic context of their meticulous studies.' Stephan Conermann,
Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 1993. '
In many areas his comparative almost global, approach raises new questions, and brings new insights.' M.N. Pearson,
South Asia, 1992. '
...prodigious work of scholarship that boldly challenges the prevailing views of early medieval India.' Juan R.I. Cole,
The Middle East Journal, 1992. '
...masterfully synthesizes Arabic and Persian texts, along with much secondary literature on this period...major contribution to scholarship on the eastward expansion of Islam.' Michael H. Fisher,
The American Historical Review. '
...truly monumental work...' Hermann Kulke.
A wide audience of specialists of Islamic, South-Asian and Southeast-Asian history, and also those working in the growing field of Indian Ocean studies and comparative world history.